Free falling clergy sky dive for new church extension
It’s not often a Vicar, Curate and Treasurer gather together to jump out of a plane, but that’s exactly what Reverend Jo Spreadbury, Reverend David Warner and Claire Stephenson did this summer.
The fearless trio took to the skies to launch a fundraising campaign to support the building of a new extension for the parish church of St Lawrence Abbotts Langley.
On a warm day in July the threesome completed a tandem skydive, freefalling to the ground, with trusty parachutes attached of course.
Much needed facilities
For Jo the dive had special meaning as she was about to leave the parish after nine years to become Canon Precentor at Portsmouth Cathedral.
“The extension will benefit the whole community,” explains Canon Jo. “It would mean such a lot to me personally to have all the funds in place as I move to Portsmouth.”
Of the experience, Jo says: “It was fantastic! We raised over £10,000 and hope that some more may come in after the event. All in 40 seconds of freefall and then about five minutes drifting down to land after the parachute opened. Any excuse to do it again for any good cause, I’d be up for it like a shot! Seriously addictive.”
The new extension will provide much-needed facilities, including proper disabled access, toilets, a meeting room and a kitchen, for those who use the church.
Building of the new extension is now underway and if all goes to plan, the new facility should open its doors in January 2016.
The church relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraising endeavours to continue its important role in the community, such as visiting schools, hospitals and care homes.
With the skydive raising a whopping £10k towards the remaining £65k needed for the build, the church is confident with more fundraising initiatives planned, the target will be met.
MyDonate is easy for people
Reverend David Warner is delighted with the parish’s decision to fundraise with BT MyDonate:
“Online donations have really lifted this appeal and made it easy for people to donate from all over the country, and for us all to see how well we're doing toward our target.”